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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

Buy A Christmas Caroline for $10! "for those who prefer their sentimentality seasoned with a dash of cynical wit. A quick, enjoyable read...straight out of Devil Wears Prada"--The Wall Street Journal

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    Breitbart-HuffPo War: It’s On!

    By kyle | March 26, 2011

    Andrew Breitbart is first defended by editors of, then banned from, AOL/Huffington Post’s front page (does that mean he’s still welcome on all other pages? Is this an important distinction?) The reason? Apparently there’s some sort of policy against “false ad hominem attacks” over there.
    Here’s the thing about “false” — it’s usually one opinion against another, isn’t it? Is Sarah Palin stupid? Some say yes, others say no. Is President Obama indecisive? Let’s debate it.
    Isn’t that kinda the purpose of opinion journalism, to celebrate different points of view? As for ad hominem attacks, they are their own punishment just as virtue is its own reward. If George Will’s argument against Paul Krugman was that he’s a fuzzy reptilian punk, I don’t think Will’s reputation would be enhanced.

    I wish Andrew and Arianna would join hands and create some sort of joint project where each side’s minions could happily blast away at the other all day long: Big Huffbart.

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